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Published: 2009/01/02

Smells Like a Keller Williams New Years Eve

Keller Williams celebrated New Years Eve with a three-set performance at Hilton Head, SCs Shoreline Ballroom. The evening opened with an all request set that featured favorites submitted by fans like Cookies, Breathe, Cadillac, the Grateful Deads Bird Song, Phishs Scent of a Mule, The Beatles Rocky Raccoon and Sublimes What I Got. Williams also played piano on the thematically-appropriate Play This. After a short break, Williams returned to the stage for a set of Grunge Grass with Claude Arthur (bass) and Jay Sterling (dobro). The three musicians offered bluegrass versions of a number of alt-rock favorites, including Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come as You Are, Lithium, In Bloom and All Apologies, Pearl Jams Black Alive and Jeremy, Offsprings Self Esteem, Radioheads Creep and Stone Temple Pilots Plush, among others.

Williams returned by himself for his third set at 11:45 PM and charged into a version of Get on Down that led into an onstage New Years countdown, a balloon drop and, of course, a version of Auld Lang Syne. The guitarist remained in a festive mood for the rest of his set, offering favorites like Celebrate Your Youth, Paul Simons Late in the Evening,, a reggae version of Freekshow and Alligator Alley, the latter of which references the alligators of Hilton Head. At one point, Williams even took a shot of alcohol from the stage. In addition, Arthur and Sterling returned to the stage covers of the Grateful Deads Help on the Way and Franklins Tower.

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